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Powerball Jumps to $1.6 Billion


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The Powerball Jackpot Lottery still has no lucky winner after Wednesday’s drawing.

The jackpot has grown to an estimated $1.6 billion, with a cash-out value of $782.4 million. The next drawing will be held on Saturday, November 5, according to Powerball.

The winning numbers in Wednesday night’s estimated $1.2 billion jackpot were 2, 11, 22, 35, and 60, and the Powerball was 23.

The powerplay number was 2.

Monday’s drawing did not produce a jackpot winner, but more than 5.4 million tickets won cash prizes totaling $59.5 million in the Halloween night drawing, according to a Powerball press release.

Ten tickets matched all five white balls for a $1 million prize, and three of those included the Power Play option, increasing the winnings to $2 million.

If there’s a winner Saturday night, the jackpot would be the largest in lottery history, topping the previous record-holding win on January 13, 2016. Three ticket holders split a jackpot worth $1.58 billion in that drawing.

The winners were from California, Florida, and Tennessee, and each took home a pre-tax total of $528.8 million.

Texas has only had two Powerball winners in the history of the jackpot, as reported by The Dallas Express. With the biggest jackpot in Powerball history, some Texans are ready to spend their cash for a chance at a big payoff.

“Yes, I absolutely plan on playing the lottery,” Nelly Kirkpatrick told The Dallas Express.

“If I win the jackpot, I would help all my friends and family. I’d give my 10% to the church, or an organization that I felt was deserving,” Kirkpatrick added. “I’d pay my kid’s college tuition off and so much more. I’d want to do as much good as possible.”

However, not all people are as optimistic as Kirkpatrick about winning the lottery or, for that matter, even playing the lottery.

“There’s a really rather small chance of winning it,” said Steve Nixon. He won’t be buying a lottery ticket for Saturday’s drawing, Nixon said.

The Powerball drawings happen Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday at 10:59 p.m. ET.

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